May 21st, The New Christian Doomsday

A look at the newest predicted date for the Christian rapture.

If you live in a large city there’s a good chance you’ve seen billboards or signs with cryptic messages about May 21st. A quick search led me to a website that claims Biblical evidence suggests that the Rapture will occur on May 21st, 2011. The Rapture being the event in which God takes his believers from Earth and brings them in to Heaven.

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This controversial claim comes from Preacher Harold Camping. His claim is that using Bible verses as a guide, he has calculated the exact date of The Rapture and the end of the world. Those dates respectively are May 21st, 2011 and October 21st, 2011. Camping’s claims have been rejected by most of mainstream Christianity but there is a small group that has taken hold of his beliefs and unfortunately, the most vocal groups aren’t always the one with sane sound opinions (Westboro Church anyone?)

It doesn’t take much to cast doubt on his claims though. The Bible, the same source that Camping used to make his predictions, says this about the End Times: Matthew 24:36 NIV, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” That’s Biblical refutation right there. And in case you need any more evidence just look at Camping’s track record. That’s right! According to his previous prediction Christians should already be dancing up in Heaven! Back in 1992 he published a book predicting the Rapture would happen on September 4th, 1994. Of course that prediction didn’t actually come to frution.